Aquaculture North America

Virtual Event
Women in North American Aquaculture Summit 2022
September 8, 2022 at 11:00am EST

Keynote: “Shine Bright Like a Diamond”

Julie Kuchepatov, Founder, Seafood and Gender Equality (SAGE)

What do North American women in aquaculture and global music superstar Rihanna have in common? For one, all are thriving in industries dominated by men in leadership. Join Julie Kuchepatov, founder of Seafood and Gender Equality, to hear more as we kick off the Women in North American Aquaculture live virtual summit. She will be sharing insights into the challenges women in the aquaculture sector face and how they compare to those experienced by the inspiring music sensation, Rihanna.

By the end of the event, we'll understand the unique barriers women in the sector face, hear many uplifting stories, and learn some solutions that will give us all the courage to, as Rihanna sings, "Shine bright like a diamond”.

Julie Kuchepatov
Julie Kuchepatov is a proven thought leader in two global movements: sustainable seafood and fair trade. She has spent her career working directly with a variety of stakeholders in the seafood industry to address some of the most pressing environmental and social challenges in global seafood production. As the founder of Seafood and Gender Equality (SAGE), she is building a more equitable, diverse, and inclusive seafood sector.

Prior to founding SAGE, Julie worked at Fair Trade USA, building a seafood program that impacted thousands of seafood producers and workers. Her career began in 1994 as part of a team running one of the most successful Atlantic salmon sport fishing lodges in the Russian Arctic for 13 years, after which she transitioned to support the conservation efforts of Russian salmon fisheries at the Wild Salmon Center and as a founding member of Ocean Outcomes (O2).

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